Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the internet a felony in most cases. The proposed law, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act (S. 978), will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
A bipartisan trio of Senators Thursday introduced a bill that would make illegally streaming TV shows or movies a felony. The bill (S. 978) was introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.), and came the same day that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D- Vt.) re-introduced a bipartisan bill to give the government more tools to shut down websites that traffic in stolen intellectual property, including TV shows and movies.